As a Fine Arts Specialist, you will provide administrative and technical expertise in the areas of American art history, art acquisition and commissioning, and related legal requirements.
Location of position: Public Building Service, Capital Project Delivery Division, DOW Building- 100 S. Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled as needed.
The major duties of the Fine Arts Specialist include but are not limited to the following:
Implements GSA Art in Architecture and Fine Arts Policies and Procedures at the regional level for a variety of diverse and complex technical, professional, or administrative issues related to GSA’s commissioning, installing, maintaining, and conserving works of art.
Provides administrative and technical expertise to GSA personnel as a recognized expert in the areas of American art history, art acquisition and commissioning, and related legal requirements.
Plans and initiates educational sessions, descriptive brochures, press releases, public relations efforts and dedication ceremonies for each commissioned work of art.
Reviews and evaluates selected GSA new construction, repair and alteration, disposal, design and construction projects, and lease actions potentially impacting historic properties in order to ensure compliance with Section 106 of the NHPA (36 CFR 800).
Represents GSA in consultation with non-GSA stakeholders to include professionals in the fields of art/history and conservation, architectural history, architecture, engineering, material culture, community planning and archeology at the community, city, county, state, and Federal levels.
Occasional travel - Travel to buildings for which project plans are being developed or underway is required.
Job family (Series)
1001 General Arts And Information
Conditions of Employment
US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)
Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date
Meet time-in-grade within 30 days of the closing date, if applicable
Register with Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/1959
If selected, you must meet the following conditions:
Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch.
Serve a one year probationary period, if required.
Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 2 investigation level).
Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland Security’s e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
Have a valid driver's license
For each job on your resume, provide:
the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)
number of hours per week you worked (if part time).
If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.
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If you are a new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the Step 1 of the grade for which you are selected.
The GS-11 salary range starts at $ 69,579.00 per year. To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level or higher in the Federal service OR Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related. Specialized experience is experience which demonstrates a general knowledge of the theories, principles and professional practices in two or more of the following fields: American art history, museum studies, fine arts conservation, public art, architectural design and related disciplines. Such knowledge must include current American artists, various visual media, fabrication techniques, installation standards, maintenance factors, artistic materials, conservation treatments, and cost factors to assist in conducting art work evaluations.
The GS-12 salary range starts at $83,397.00 per year. To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level or higher in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience which demonstrates a general knowledge of the theories, principles and professional practices in three or more of the following fields: American Art history, museum studies, fine arts conservation, public art, architectural design and related disciplines. Such knowledge must include current American artists, various visual media, fabrication techniques, installation standards, maintenance factors, artistic materials, conservation treatments, and cost factors to assist in conducting art work evaluations.
See qualifications section.
Note: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Bargaining Unit status: Eligible but not included.
If you are selected at a grade lower than the full performance level, you may be promoted up to that grade level without having to re-apply or compete against other applicants.
Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your responsibility.
Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed; through other means; or not at all.
We don’t accept applications or application materials submitted with Government-paid postage.
We are also accepting applications from all U.S. Citizens and Nationals under Vacancy Announcement #2003030EDDE. You must apply separately to each announcement to be considered for both.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
You will be evaluated on the questions you answer during the application process, which will measure your overall possession of the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities. Your responses to these questions must be supported by your resume or your score may be lowered.
Knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of various disciplines such as architectural and art history, American cultural development and urban history, including a working knowledge of public arts program administration and techniques of art conservation.
Expertise in fine arts management issues such as art installation and preservation concepts, principles, and practices applicable to a full range of duties concerned with the preservation, restoration, and installation of GSA owned art works.
Knowledge of AiAFA requirements and applications and the ability to modify standard practices to meet unusual requirements
Current knowledge of Federal laws and regulations, Executive Orders, and agency directives and guidelines pertaining to AiAFA requirements and GSA compliance provisions.
Skills in interpersonal relations and in written and oral communications required to explain and negotiate the requirements and implementation of Art In Architecture and fine arts initiatives and activities.
Additional assessments may be used, and, if so, you will be provided with further instructions.
If you are eligible under Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan or GSA’s Career Transition Assistance Plan(ICTAP/CTAP), you must receive a score of 85 or higher to receive priority.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.
Note: If required to submit an SF-50 (Notice of Personnel Action), an equivalent agency Notice of Personnel Action form is acceptable. Such document(s) must show all of the following: effective date, position, title, series, grade, and rate of basic pay, tenure group 1 (career) or 2 (career-conditional), position occupied group, and name of agency. If you are a GSA employee (except in the OIG), you are not required to submit an SF-50.
If you are a 30% or more disabled veteran, VEOA or VRA applicant or qualified spouse, widow/widower, or parent:
(a) Copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 that shows the dates of your active duty service. If selected, a DD-214 showing your type of discharge (member 4 copy) will be required prior to appointment.
(b) If you are a disabled veteran, or are applying under VRA or VEOA as a spouse, widow/widower, or parent of a veteran, submit both of the following in addition to the DD-214: (1) completed SF-15 form; and (2) proof of your entitlement (refer to SF-15 for complete list).
If you are active duty military- Certification on a letterhead from your military branch that includes your rank, character of service (must be under honorable conditions) & military service dates including discharge/release date (must be no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted).
If you are a current Federal employee or Reinstatement Eligible: Submit your latest SF-50.
If you are eligible under an Interchange Agreement: Submit your latest SF-50.
If you are a former Peace Corp or VISTA volunteer: Submit your Description of Service.
If you are a current or former Land Management Agency Employee - Submit a and b:
(a) one or more SF-50s, including your most recent one that shows you were on a competitive time-limited appointment(s) with a Land Management Agency and served on the appointment for a period(s) totaling more than 24 months without a break of 2 or more years.
(b) Copy of your agency’s annual performance appraisal(s) or written reference(s) from a supervisor at the agency verifying satisfactory performance during your appointment(s).
If you have a disability: Submit proof of eligibility. For information on eligibility and required documentation, refer to USAJOBS’s People With Disabilities page.
If you are applying under another special appointment authority: Submit proof of your eligibility under the appropriate appointment authority. See USAJOBS's Resource Center for more information.
If you are ICTAP/CTAP eligible - submit a, b, and c: (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50, and (c) most recent performance appraisal.
If you are a current or former political appointee: Submit your SF-50.
College transcripts: If you are using some or all of your college education to meet qualification requirements for this position, you must submit a photocopy of your college transcript(s). If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. For education completed outside the United States, also submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
You will have access to many benefits including:
Health insurance (choose from a wide range of plans)
Life insurance coverage with several options
Sick leave and vacation time, including 10 paid holidays per year
Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan)
Flexible work schedules
Transit and child care subsidies
Flexible spending accounts
Long-term care insurance
Training and development
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.